Here is my entry to Susanna Leonard Hill’s marvelous March Madness story contest. My story comes in at 398 and is a mashup fractured fairy tale. The rules are, “Write a children’s story, in poetry or prose, maximum 400 words, that is a fractured fairy tale. Feel free to add a theme of spring, or mix in one of the spring holidays if you like.” Do check out the other entries here on Susanna’s blog.
ONCE UPON A TABLE
Forklore – The Fairy Cook-Off.
Eight Fairy Tale Characters Participate in the Cook-off
to be crowned Fairest Chef of the Forest.
Judged by one of Cinderella’s mice-valets,
a renowned pumpkin-pie expert, and Ms. Moldy-Locks,
a distant cousin of Goldi.
The contestants stand beside their best dishes, beaming at the judges.
Baby Bear purrs before his perfect bowl of porridge.
Hansel and Gretel are dwarfed by a humungous confectionary construction – a house built of bread, covered with cakes, windows cast of clear sugar.
Jack is sweating profusely by a steaming pot of bean and goose egg casserole.
The Pied Piper’s pie bubbles over with meaty gravy and boasts an undisclosed main ingredient.
The Gingerbread Man is caught taking a selfie in front of an empty table???!!!
The Princess keeps stirring her pea soup.
Snow White surprises everyone, NOT, with an apple pie big enough to feed seven!
Little Red has spread an entire picnic for her entry.
The two judges begin their round of tastings using silver spoons made of whale ribs kindly donated by a Mr. Grimm.
Baby Bear loses points for lumps, even though the temperature is just right, and for falling asleep in his bowl.
H & G are disqualified for pretending their work was all their own, when this was in fact the house that Jack built.
The judges are unable to try Jack’s soup, as it seems that a large, angry gentleman has already consumed it.
The tail-like latticework on the Pied Piper’s pie gives rise to certain sanitation concerns.
Two security men, after an exhausting chase, remove The Gingerbread Man for promoting cannibalism.
The judges slurp and gargle, but declare one pea insufficient to truly flavor the Princess’ soup.
The judging is temporarily adjourned while contest medics treat Mouse and Ms. Moldy-Locks for food poisoning after trying Snow’s apple pie.
Contestant #8 waits patiently, her red bonnet pulled over her pretty face. Mouse and Moldy reappear and partake of the picnic.
“These cucumber sandwiches are so dainty,” says Mouse.
“The Blueberry Mousse is divine,” says Moldy.
“Could you pour me another glass of the Dandelion and Burdock syrup?” asks Mouse, “It is so soothing on the stomach.”
“This picnic is just a perfect feast for spring!” They agree, crowning Little Red with the Fairest Chef of the Forest Daffodil Garland.
Little Red licks his lips and twitched his furry ears and prepared for dessert!